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on 25 July 2011
Whether it's a blues or be-bop standard, these cats play some mean and swinging mainstream jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, in a sense, sounds younger than he did in his hay-day,
in another sense he sounds older than ever, belonging to the previous generation of players, very much concerned with bending them notes in a blue growl... It is, of course, the concept of teaming (one of the greatest living) swing pianist (The Count), who happens to be heavily blues - oriented, with the great be-bop trumpeter,
who inherited quite a lot from previous generations of players (including sense of musical humor)...

This rock-solid quartet gives Dizzy in one of the better performances I've heard him do in the 70s, whereas Basie was still going quite strong at that time (as a rule, pianists age better than brass players)... With the versatile Ray Brown and Mickey Roker anchoring the quartet, no wonder this all turned out so great...
The deapth of the understanding these guys have for each other is not surprising; Ray Brown, for instance, played extensively with THE mainstream pianist - Oscar Peterson, placed firmly between swing and modern jazz, but before that he was one of the explorers who were building be-bop around Bird and Dizzy...
For me, this is what jazz should sound like.
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on 10 February 2016
Amazing. Goose bump stuff.
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on 3 January 2001
Truly great recording with every track a winner. This is one of the early records that put me on the track to Getz/Coltrane/Pepper/Stitt etc. Back to the Land and their version of St James' Infirmary are particularly memorable. I haven't heard the record for 20 years, but it still remains sharp in my memory
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on 22 December 2015
Great music, but the copy I received is not an authentic/original CD as indicated by the information provided on Amazon UK. The music has been burned onto a blank CD-R 80 (as is evidenced by the markings on the inner hub of the disc).

The CD-R sounds great but it is depressing to know that Original Jazz Classics/Universal are now involved in the unacceptable practice of (secretly) putting CD-Rs in original CD packaging. This bad business practice ensures no-one will know what they are buying, or being conned into buying, just by looking at the sleeve.

* CD-Rs are known to be unstable and have no re-sale value.
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on 25 July 2011
Whether it's a blues or be-bop standard, these cats play some mean and swinging mainstream jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, in a sense, sounds younger than he did in his hay-day,
in another sense he sounds older than ever, belonging to the previous generation of players, very much concerned with bending them notes in a blue growl... It is, of course, the concept of teaming (one of the greatest living) swing pianist (The Count), who happens to be heavily blues - oriented, with the great be-bop trumpeter,
who inherited quite a lot from previous generations of players (including sense of musical humor)...

This rock-solid quartet gives Dizzy in one of the better performances I've heard him do in the 70s, whereas Basie was still going quite strong at that time (as a rule, pianists age better than brass players)... With the versatile Ray Brown and Mickey Roker anchoring the quartet, no wonder this all turned out so great...
The deapth of the understanding these guys have for each other is not surprising; Ray Brown, for instance, played extensively with THE mainstream pianist - Oscar Peterson, placed firmly between swing and modern jazz, but before that he was one of the explorers who were building be-bop around Bird and Dizzy...
For me, this is what jazz should sound like.
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on 25 July 2011
Whether it's a blues or be-bop standard, these cats play some mean and swinging mainstream jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, in a sense, sounds younger than he did in his hay-day,
in another sense he sounds older than ever, belonging to the previous generation of players, very much concerned with bending them notes in a blue growl... It is, of course, the concept of teaming (one of the greatest living) swing pianist (The Count), who happens to be heavily blues - oriented, with the great be-bop trumpeter,
who inherited quite a lot from previous generations of players (including sense of musical humor)...

This rock-solid quartet gives Dizzy in one of the better performances I've heard him do in the 70s, whereas Basie was still going quite strong at that time (as a rule, pianists age better than brass players)... With the versatile Ray Brown and Mickey Roker anchoring the quartet, no wonder this all turned out so great...
The deapth of the understanding these guys have for each other is not surprising; Ray Brown, for instance, played extensively with THE mainstream pianist - Oscar Peterson, placed firmly between swing and modern jazz, but before that he was one of the explorers who were building be-bop around Bird and Dizzy...
For me, this is what jazz should sound like.
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on 11 July 2016
awesome album; had a beat-up copy on tape for years that someone finally swindled off me, so had to buy it again on CD
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